JOHN DAY – Sure signs of spring’s impending arrival are all around: buds on trees, red-winged blackbirds perched on cattails – and the Almost Spring Bazaar at the Grant County Fairgrounds.

The annual bazaar is set for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 8, in Keerins Hall.

The two-day Strawberry Mountain Gun and Knife is held the same weekend, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, also at the fairgrounds in Trowbridge Pavilion.

Shoppers at the bazaar will find a variety of items, including crafts, yard sale treasure, jewelry, collectibles and art.

Admission is free.

At the gun show, people can buy, sell, or just peruse goods such as guns, knives, archery supplies, and camping and hunting equipment.

Adult admission to the gun and knife show is $4 per day or $7 for both days; for youth 7-18, it’s $2 a day, and for those 6 and under, admission is one can of food. Ticket holders will be eligible to win a rifle donated by Nydam’s Ace Hardware.

There will also be a 50/50 drawing, with proceeds going toward a new public address system for the fairgrounds.

Fair manager Mary Weaver said there’s still space for vendors at both events.

The cost is $35 per table, which will get you an 8-foot one at the gun and knife show, or a 6-footer at the bazaar. Electrical access at the bazaar is $5 more.

Weaver encourages shoppers to make a day of it.

“It’s time to get out of the house and look for some great buys, and it’s a great time to get your visit on,” she said.

She added that Java Jungle will be available with an assortment of food and drinks.

Vendor applications are at www.grantcountyfairgrounds.com or at the fair office, 411 N.W. Bridge St., John Day. Call 541-575-1900 for more information.

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